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Horacio D. Espinosa

James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship

Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L286
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-5989Email Horacio Espinosa


Micro and Nanomechanics Lab


Mechanical Engineering

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Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Structural Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy

Civil Engineering, Magma Cum Laude, six-year professional degree, Northeast National University, Corrientes/ Resistencia, Argentina

Research Interests

Horacio D. Espinosa is the James and Nancy Farley Professor of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Brown University in 1992. Professor Espinosa has made contributions in the areas of dynamic failure of advanced materials, micro, and nanomechanics. He is a foreign member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Russian Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of AAM, ASME, and SEM. He received numerous awards and honors including the Society for Experimental Mechanics LAZAN, HETENYI and SIA NEMAT-NASSER awards. He was the Timoshenko visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2011, President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2012, and was recently appointed to two committees of the National Academies, the Panel on Materials Science and Engineering to advise the Army Research Lab, and the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Significant Recognition

  • Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, 2011-present
  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (elected), 2010
  • Member, U.S. National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2010-present
  • Member of the Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors (elected), 2008-present
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
  • Lazan Medal, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
  • SES Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2007
  • Hetenyi Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2005
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
  • Junior Award, American Academy of Mechanics, 2002
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2001
  • ASME, Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division, Appreciation Award, 2001
  • ONR-Young Investigator Award, 1997
  • NSF-CAREER Award, 1996

Selected Publications

  • et al.; An, Zhi; Buehler, Markus J.; Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Beese, Allison M., “Bio-inspired carbon nanotube-polymer composite yarns with hydrogen bond-mediated lateral interactions”, ACS Nano, (2013)
  • An, Zhi; Buehler, Markus J.; Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Naraghi, Mohammad; Espinosa, Horacio D., “Atomistic investigation of load transfer between DWNT bundles "crosslinked" by PMMA oligomers”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2013)
  • Espinosa, Horacio D.; Kang, Wonmo; Yavari, Fazel; Minary-Jolandan, Majid; Giraldo-Vela, Juan P., “Nanofountain probe electroporation (NFP-E) of single cells”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • Horacio D. Espinosa and Gang Bao, “Nano and Cell Mechanics: Fundamentals and Frontiers”, Wiley; ISBN-10: 1118460391, (2013)
  • Espinosa, Horacio D.; Filleter, Tobin; Bernal, Rodrigo A., “In situ TEM electromechanical testing of nanowires and nanotubes”, Small, (2012)
  • Espinosa, H. D.; Bernal, R. A.; Minary-Jolandan, M., “A Review of Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Piezoelectric Nanowires”, Advanced Materials, (2012)
  • H. D. Espinosa, T. Filleter and M. Naraghi, “Multiscale Experimental Mechanics of Hierarchical Carbon-Based Materials”, Advanced Materials, (2012)
  • O. Y. Loh and H. D. Espinosa, “Nanoelectromechanical contact switches”, Nature Nanotechnology, (2012)
  • Huang, J.; Espinosa, H. D.; Bernal, R. A.; Filleter, T.; Li, S., “Nucleation-Controlled Distributed Plasticity in Penta-twinned Silver Nanowires”, Small, (2012)
  • Ravi Agrawal;Horacio D. Espinosa, “Giant Piezoelectric Size Effects in Zinc Oxide and Gallium Nitride Nanowires. A First Principles Investigation”, Nano Letters, (2011)
  • HD Espinosa;AL Juster;FJ Latourte;OY Loh;D Gregoire;PD Zavattieri, “Tablet-level origin of toughening in abalone shells and translation to synthetic composite materials”, Nature Communications, (2011)
  • Mohammad Naraghi;Tobin Filleter;Alexander Moravsky;Mark Locascio;Raouf O. Loutfy;Horacio D. Espinosa, “A Multiscale Study of High Performance Double-Walled Nanotube-Polymer Fibers”, Acs Nano, (2010)